Toshiba Satellite L350-17P review

Toshiba's laptop is sturdy but lacks performance

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Our Verdict

A usable and well-made laptop, but limited when compared to its rivals

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1440 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Strong usability
  • Excellent build quality

Against

  • Poor performance
  • Limited features

Toshiba's Satellite range is its entry-level consumer series, and is known for its sturdy build quality and reliable usability. The Satellite L350-17P personifies these strengths, but it falls short in key areas when compared to its rivals.

The 17-inch chassis is by far the largest in this group test and is built for desktop use. The bulky design and 3.1kg weight ensure this is a laptop you won't want to travel far with. Battery life impresses, however, providing more than three hours use when away from mains power.

Build quality is excellent, with sturdy plastics used throughout. The matt gunmetal grey finish is very resilient to scuffs and scratches, making it well suited to family use. The large ventilation fan on the chassis' left-hand side ensures the machine is kept cool at all times.

The main advantage of the big chassis is the spacious user interface. The full-sized keyboard is extremely comfortable to use and all the keys move smoothly and firmly when typing. A dedicated pad of numeric keys is also in place for inputting data.

Widescreen panel

This laptop uses a 16:10 widescreen panel. The 17-inch Super-TFT screen is large enough for multimedia use, but lacks the wide 16:9 aspect ratio of its rivals. Images are sharp, but brightness, colour and contrast lack definition.

Multimedia performance is also disappointingly poor. The use of a low-powered Intel GPU provides limited graphics power. Basic photo and video editing is possible, but a laptop with a dedicated graphics card could offer far more power.

Home performance is far more capable. The dual-core Intel Pentium processor betters the AMD-powered laptops you often find at this price, and allows you to multi-task with a certain degree of speed. This was borne out by a strong display of performance in our demanding tests.

Unfortunately, poor storage again lets this machine down. The 160GB hard drive suits basic use, but is bettered by most other laptops. There is also no support for any flash storage card formats, so bear this in mind if you own a digital camera.

Connectivity is also limited. 802.11g Wi-Fi and 10/100 Ethernet provide basic network connections, but are bettered by its rivals. A strong software package compensates somewhat, with office, internet security and DVD playback tools all included.

With its strong usability and build quality, the Satellite L350-17P is a good family laptop. Unfortunately, its limited features and mixed performance prevent it from excelling, and its rivals provide greater value for money.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time2.50 Hour
WebcamYes
Product FamilySatellite L350
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelT3400
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Premium
Brand NameToshiba
Processor Speed2.16 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size43.2 cm (17")
Screen Resolution1440 x 900
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)3.15 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGL40 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyTruBrite
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Height43.1 mm
Width398 mm
Depth292 mm
Screen ModeWXGA+
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesL350
ManufacturerToshiba
Product ModelL350-17P
Product NameSatellite L350-17P Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineSatellite
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberPSLD8E-06Y008EN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed for great everyday performance, Satellite range products are affordable but serve up the power, features and portability that even the most demanding home users require. You can buy Satellite products through an extensive network of high street and online retailers.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Satellite L350-17P Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed667 MHz